Carl Richards is one of my heroes in this business. The founder of the Behavior Gap and regular contributor to the New York Times is one of the most delightful experts in the realm of personal finance that you will find on the internet.
This sounds like straight hyperbole, but I think that he may have written the definitive piece on how not only to find success with your money and your future, but also on the key to finding happiness.
Here is Carl on the first and last step to achieving a durable financial future.
My wife and I often talk in specific details about how much money we need to be happy. Most of the time, we realize that we are incredibly fortunate to be able to pay the bills, save for our children’s educations and do most of the things we really want to do. In other words, we have enough. ~Carl Richards
Human beings are not taught to accept ENOUGH. We are told that we must strive for success and never settle. I am a victim of these teachings and of passing them on to my children. But with all the additional gray hair that turning 40 has provided me, I have also matured and become more wise on the subject.
The beautiful thing about ENOUGH is that we get to decide what that is. ENOUGH is different for everyone, and it's as different for you as it is for me. But if you can't define ENOUGH, you will never have ENOUGH. And, ultimately, you will never be happy or able to accomplish your goals for a promising and long lasting relationship with your money.
How do you define ENOUGH? Well, that's up to you. I have a few suggestions.
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